How to Succeed in the Business of Show Business: Or Everything They Don't Tell You in Acting School But I Will
Many Americans grew up with the great compositions of the Romantic era as their first musical love. Creative Critics offers the reader a revealing glimpse into the lives of thirty-one of the master composers of the period. These men did not create in isolation - - - as John Donne tells us, "No man is an island." That was surely true of those composers, who in fact constituted a kind of fraternity. Almost without exception, each of them was familiar with the work of others, past and present. They learned from their predecessors, critiqued their contemporaries, offered support and encouragement, and sadly, on occasion did what they could to undermine them. In each chapter of this book, we look with the subject composer at the musical world he inhabited and often tried to change through his music. Analysis, praise, criticism, and ongoing feuds - - - all can be found in these pages. A man-to-man (and occasionally, a man-to-woman) portrait emerges, and the truly human qualities of these creative artists come to life, enhancing our appreciation of their enduring contributions to our musical heritage.